Schools that support Generation Z, (those born between 1995 and 2012) need to be technology ready, diverse, engaging both in design and functionality, and be built to last. This generation by estimate will be 40% of the entire U.S. adult population once they have matured. Here are three examples: a college, middle school and a high school, built for and meant to serve the next generation of our students.

Completed just in time for the new year 2018 term, this 102,000 square foot building represents the second phase of the existing main building replacement at the Mission College campus in Santa Clara. The Student Engagement Center houses a variety of student services, including the Welcome Center, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Health Services, Student Outreach and the Career/Transfer Center, among others. The campus entry was also re-designed.

In addition to abundant student services, the center also includes instructional spaces for community education, group study spaces, skills labs, tutorial services and faculty offices. A variety of administrative offices are being housed in the new building and student gathering and study spaces are well lit with plenty of natural lighting, sustainable radiant flooring and comfortable and flexible seating throughout. This project is registered with the certification goal of LEED Gold, with LEED Platinum being the ultimate target.

This recently completed project involved the conversion of Sacramento’s existing Kit Carson Middle School into an International Baccalaureate High School serving grades 7-12. The library was transformed into a technology and media center, a new science and arts building was added and numerous deferred maintenance projects and energy efficient upgrades were completed.

The site improvements include accessibility upgrades and a new utility backbone, moving the administration to the front of the school to create a new welcoming entrance, an outdoor classroom seating area adjacent to a new blackbox theater, and ecologically sensitive ‘outdoor rooms’ that feature drought tolerant native plants and irrigation.


This was a replacement of the existing middle school campus in Southern California that now includes hands-on learning spaces for science, music and art. Multi-purpose rooms exist alongside a food service kitchen and a food court as well as a joint use library – the library and food court support community initiatives and are also open to the public. Implementation included the development of a “portable” interim campus for 500 students and development of a district-wide hub for technology services. As part of the design process to replace the campus, Lionakis assisted the District in obtaining approvals from the California Coastal Commission due to a steep, hillside located 20 acre campus.

Accessibility and code compliance issues were resolved and the campus is also now home to a joint-use library with Solana Beach. This project included a 4,000 square foot addition to the existing library, plus renovation and accessibility improvements to approximately 1,800 square feet of the existing library. This extensive Renovation and campus Replacement not only includes significant ADA upgrades but it also remained fully operational during construction.

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